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Ryan Respects


Ryan is fast like a cheetah, but his friend Doug is not. After they get timed in gym, Doug comes in behind everyone else. "Doug the Slug," chants Ryan and he gets a lot of laughs. Doug is upset but Ryan doesn't notice.

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Ryan is fast like a cheetah, but his friend Doug is not. After they get timed in gym, Doug comes in behind everyone else. "Doug the Slug," chants Ryan and he gets a lot of laughs. Doug is upset but Ryan doesn't notice.

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Children's Literature
Ryan learns lots of cool animal facts from his friend Amy, but when he uses his knowledge of the slug to tease his friend Doug, Ryan risks loosing a friend. Doug admits to Ryan that he is nervous about the race in gym that afternoon, but Ryan ignores his friend's feelings and calls him "Doug the slug" after Doug finishes last with the slowest time in class. Later that evening Ryan learns his lesson when he is teased by his big brother and Dad scolds Judd for his insensitivity. Learning to respect your friends and others feelings is the theme embraced in this selection from the, "The Way I Act" series of picture books. Teachers and parents can use this text for an individual child or group of children to create lively discussions centered on feelings, friendships, being left out, and trying your personal best. All children would benefit from this and other books from the series. 2006, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 5 up.
—Kimberly O'Meara
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Young readers will identify with the realistic situations and believable characters in these stories. In Ashley, a girl must choose between doing her own work or "reusing" a paper that her brother did for the same assignment several years earlier. Reading her brother's story about honesty forces her to think hard about doing the right thing. In Ryan, a race at school results in name-calling when a classmate is last across the finish line. "Doug the Slug" might sound funny but Ryan doesn't know that he has hurt the boy's feelings. When the tables are turned and his brother calls him "Cryin' Ryan," he realizes how hurtful words can be. Both protagonists have parents who move subtly in the background, reinforcing the importance of honesty and respect. Both books can be read independently or used by adults as part of a discussion on character. Colorful cartoon illustrations add to the appeal. Schools looking for books to support character-education programs will want to consider these titles.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807569467
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: The Way I Act Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 933,110
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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